Alcaparrosa Tunnel – A Bikepacking Trip to North of Chile

After an intense break the @gravelchile community returned to reconnect with nature and the longed for dirt roads, where we moved to Illapel in the Coquimbo Region to make us suffer in a climb that would take us to 1400 masl to reach the Alcaparrosa Tunnel our camping spot, here we came to rest, share and enjoy our meals where everyone takes out their best cooking tips. 

The next day was an important milestone that was to cross this tunnel dating from 1912 and has a length of approximately 1.8km and then continue our journey through the hills reaching 1800 m.a.s.l. enjoying views that can only give us the Northern Zone of Chile and its arid landscape, reaching the top begins an extensive descent to return again to our meeting point located in Aucó covering a total of 77km.

Our equipment was distributed as follows:
Seatbag Inova: Clothes, sleeping bag and mattress.
Framebag Mira and Inna: Food, tools and camera.
Askme: Cooking set (pot and stove).
Hodo: Tent

 Photos and text by our friends Cristobal and Gabriela.  

Day 1
Day 2

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